Compare Translations for Exodus 24:2

Exodus 24:2 ASV
and Moses alone shall come near unto Jehovah; but they shall not come near; neither shall the people go up with him.
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Exodus 24:2 BBE
And Moses only may come near to the Lord; but the others are not to come near, and the people may not come up with them.
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Exodus 24:2 CEB
Only Moses may come near to the LORD. The others shouldn't come near, while the people shouldn't come up with him at all."
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Exodus 24:2 CJB
while Moshe alone approaches ADONAI -the others are not to approach, and the people are not to go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 RHE
And Moses alone shall come up to the Lord, but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people come up with him.
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Exodus 24:2 ESV
Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 GW
Moses may come near the LORD, but the others may not. The people must not come along with Moses."
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Exodus 24:2 GNT
You alone, and none of the others, are to come near me. The people are not even to come up the mountain."
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Exodus 24:2 HNV
Moshe alone shall come near to the LORD, but they shall not come near, neither shall the people go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 CSB
Moses alone is to approach the Lord, but the others are not to approach, and the people are not to go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 KJV
And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh ; neither shall the people go up with him.
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Exodus 24:2 LEB
And Moses {alone} will come near to Yahweh, and they will not come near, and the people will not go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 NAS
"Moses alone, however, shall come near to the LORD, but they shall not come near, nor shall the people come up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 NCV
Then Moses alone must come near me; the others must not come near. The rest of the people must not come up the mountain with Moses."
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Exodus 24:2 NIRV
Only Moses can come close to me. The others must not come near. And the people may not go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 NIV
but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 NKJV
And Moses alone shall come near the Lord, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 NLT
You alone, Moses, are allowed to come near to the LORD. The others must not come too close. And remember, none of the other people are allowed to climb on the mountain at all."
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Exodus 24:2 NRS
Moses alone shall come near the Lord; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 RSV
Moses alone shall come near to the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 DBY
And let Moses alone come near Jehovah; but they shall not come near; neither shall the people go up with him.
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Exodus 24:2 MSG
only Moses will approach God. The rest are not to come close. And the people are not to climb the mountain at all."
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Exodus 24:2 WBT
And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.
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Exodus 24:2 TMB
And Moses alone shall come near the LORD; but they shall not come nigh, neither shall the people go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 TNIV
but Moses alone is to approach the LORD; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 TYN
And Moses went him selfe alone vnto the Lorde, but they came not nye, nether came the people vp with him.
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Exodus 24:2 WEB
Moses alone shall come near to Yahweh, but they shall not come near, neither shall the people go up with him."
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Exodus 24:2 WYC
and Moses alone go up to the Lord, and they shall not nigh, neither the people shall go up with him. (and then Moses shall come up alone to the Lord, but the elders shall not come near, and let none of the common people come up onto the mountain with you.)
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Exodus 24:2 YLT
and Moses hath drawn nigh by himself unto Jehovah; and they draw not nigh, and the people go not up with him.
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Exodus 24 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 24

Moses is called up into the mountain, The people promise obedience. (1-8) The glory of the Lord appears. (9-11) Moses goes up into the mountain. (12-18)

Verses 1-8 A solemn covenant was made between God and Israel. Very solemn it was, typifying the covenant of grace between God and believers, through Christ. As soon as God separated to himself a peculiar people, he governed them by a written word, as he has done ever since. God's covenants and commands are so just in themselves, and so much for our good, that the more we think of them, and the more plainly and fully they are set before us, the more reason we may see to comply with them. The blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the altar, on the book, and on the people. Neither their persons, their moral obedience, nor religious services, would meet with acceptance from a holy God, except through the shedding and sprinkling' of blood. Also the blessings granted unto them were all of mercy; and the Lord would deal with them in kindness. Thus the sinner, by faith in the blood of Christ, renders willing and acceptable obedience.

Verses 9-11 The elders saw the God of Israel; they had some glimpse of his glory, though whatever they saw, it was something of which no image or picture could be made, yet enough to satisfy them that God was with them of a truth. Nothing is described but what was under his feet. The sapphires are the pavement under his feet; let us put all the wealth of this world under our feet, and not in our hearts. Thus the believer sees in the face of Jesus Christ, far clearer discoveries of the glorious justice and holiness of God, than ever he saw under terrifying convictions; and through the Saviour, holds communion with a holy God.

Verses 12-18 A cloud covered the mount six days; a token of God's special presence there. Moses was sure that he who called him up would protect him. Even those glorious attributes of God which are most terrible to the wicked, the saints with humble reverence rejoice in. And through faith in the atoning Sacrifice, we hope for greater honour than Moses ever enjoyed on earth. Now we see through a glass darkly, but when he shall appear, then face to face. This vision of God will continue with equal, if not increasing brightness of joy; not for a few days only, but through eternity.

Exodus 24 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 24

Exodus 24:1-18 . DELIVERY OF THE LAW AND COVENANT.

3, 4. Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord--The rehearsal of the foregoing laws and the ten commandments, together with the promises of special blessings in the event of their obedience, having drawn forth from the people a unanimous declaration of their consent, it was forthwith recorded as the conditions of the national covenant. The next day preparations were made for having it (the covenant) solemnly ratified, by building an altar and twelve pillars; the altar representing God, and the pillars the tribes of Israel--the two parties in this solemn compact--while Moses acted as typical mediator.

5. young men--priests ( Exodus 19:22 ), probably the oldest sons of particular families, who acted under the direction of Moses.
oxen--Other animals, though not mentioned, were offered in sacrifice ( Hebrews 9:18-20 ).

6. Moses took half of the blood . . . sprinkled--Preliminary to this was the public reading of the law and the renewed acceptance of the terms by the people; then the sprinkling of the blood was the sign of solemn ratification--half on each party in the transaction.

8. Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people--probably on the twelve pillars, as representing the people (also the book, Hebrews 9:19 ), and the act was accompanied by a public proclamation of its import. It was setting their seal to the covenant (compare 1 Corinthians 11:25 ). It must have been a deeply impressive, as well as instructive scene, for it taught the Israelites that the covenant was made with them only through the sprinkling of blood--that the divine acceptance of themselves and services, was only by virtue of an atoning sacrifice, and that even the blessings of the national covenant were promised and secured to them only through grace. The ceremonial, however, had a further and higher significance, as is shown by the apostle (see as above).

9. Then went up Moses, and Aaron--in obedience to a command given ( Exodus 24:1 Exodus 24:2 ; also Exodus 19:24 ), previous to the religious engagement of the people, now described.
Nadab, and Abihu--the two oldest sons of Aaron ( Exodus 6:23 ).
seventy of the elders--a select number; what was the principle of selection is not said; but they were the chief representatives, the most conspicuous for official rank and station, as well as for their probity and weight of character in their respective tribes.

10. And they saw the God of Israel--That there was no visible form or representation of the divine nature, we have expressly intimated ( Deuteronomy 4:15 ). But a symbol or emblem of His glory was distinctly, and at a distance, displayed before those chosen witnesses. Many think, however, that in this private scene was discovered, amid the luminous blaze, the faint adumbrated form of the humanity of Christ ( Ezekiel 1:26 ; compare Galatians 3:24 ).
sapphire--one of the most valuable and lustrous of the precious gems--of a sky-blue or light azure color and frequently chosen to describe the throne of God (see Ezekiel 1:26 , 10:1 ).

11. upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand--The "nobles," that is, the elders, after the sprinkling of the blood, were not inspired with terror in presence of the calm, benign, radiant symbol of the divine majesty; so different from the terrific exhibitions at the giving of the law. The report of so many competent witnesses would tend to confirm the people's faith in the divine mission of Moses.
eat and drink--feasted on the peace offering--on the remnants of the late sacrifices and libations. This feast had a prophetic bearing, intimating God's dwelling with men.

12. I will give thee tables of stone--The ten commandments, which had already been spoken, were to be given in a permanent form. Inscribed on stone, for greater durability, by the hand of God Himself, they were thus authenticated and honored above the judicial or ceremonial parts of the law.

13. Moses went up into the mount of God--He was called to receive the divine transcript. Joshua was taken a little higher, and it would be a great comfort for the leader to have his company during the six days he was in patient waiting for the call on the seventh or sabbath day.

14. he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us--There is a circular valley or hollow a good way up on the brow of Jebel Musa, which was their halting place, while he alone was privileged to ascend the highest peak. The people stood below, as in the "outer court," the elders in the "holy place," Moses, as a type of Christ, in "the holy of holies."

18. Moses went into the midst of the cloud--the visible token of God's presence. Divine grace animated and supported him to enter with holy boldness.
Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights--The six days spent in waiting are not included. During that protracted period he was miraculously supported ( Deuteronomy 9:9 ), on a peak scarcely thirty paces in compass.